What does the governing body do?

The governing body has a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. Its core functions are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure is money is well spent

The governing body is constituted both to provide the range of knowledge and skills required to support and challenge the school effectively and to draw in the expertise of different stakeholder groups, for example, parents and staff.

The 2016 Ofsted report recognised the many strengths of Fitzharrys governing body: “Governors are passionate and enthusiastic and they bring a range of skills and educational experience which they use generously to support and challenge leaders at all levels.”

How is governance organised?

The work of the governing body is focused through three committees. The terms of reference which set out the formal responsibilities of the governing body and each individual committee are detailed in the links below:

Students from Fitzharrys School Council contribute to the work of the committees, joining meetings to provide feedback and take part in discussions. Governors also regularly invite staff to write reports on aspects of the school's performance and to discuss the progress of improvement plans. Regular visits to Fitzharrys enable the governors to see the school’s work in action and explore areas in greater depth.

Following the move to academy status, the governing body provides continuity of support and challenge for Fitzharrys School with the same committed team of governors. For further information and guidance, please visit the Abingdon Learning Trust website.

If you have any questions about the work of the governing body, would like to see non-confidential minutes or would be interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk to the Governors.

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